Organic Ancho Chile Powder

Organic Ancho Chile Powder
Organic Ancho Chile Powder
Organic Ancho Chile Powder Organic Ancho Chile Powder
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Pronounced "Ahn-cho", the ancho chile pepper is the most widely used dried chile in authentic Mexican cuisine. The Ancho Chile is actually a dried Poblano pepper, and Ancho Chile translates to "wide chile" in Spanish. Poblanos are from the species Capsicum Annum.

Our Organic Ancho Powder is cultivated from chiles grown in the US.


History and Cultivation

Poblanos are indigenous to Puebla, Mexico, and this mild chile is one of the most popular peppers grown in the Mexico, topped only by the Jalapeno and Serrano chile.

Even for Mexico, Puebla is considered a very Catholic city, and it is said that there are enough churches for a person to visit a different church every day of the year and not be in the same one twice. The town's full name is actually Puebla de los Angeles meaning "People of the Angels."

The Spanish missionaries who arrived in the area in the 1500-1700s claimed considerable land in the region and built numerous chapels, churches, convents and monasteries with the purpose of converting as many locals as possible to their Christian beliefs. With this heavy religious influence, it's understandable how the Catholic Church played a very prominent in the city's development.

The Catholic Church also shaped Puebla's cuisine. Both official church documents and local legend has perpetuated the story of how some of the region's most iconic dishes were created by nuns at various convents throughout the city. The sisters combined European cooking techniques with local ingredients to produce delicious results, from sweets such as camotes de Santa Clara (a soft candy made from sweet potatoes) to mole poblano (see below) and chiles en nogada which is a poblano chile filled with picadillo (a hash consisting of minced meat and dried fruit), covered in a white walnut sauce and topped with parsley and pomegranate seeds). Puebla's culinary tradition, called "Cocina Poblana" is popular throughout Mexico.

The poblano plant grows to about 2 feet tall and produces chile pods that are 3" - 6" long and 2" - 3" wide. Poblano chiles mature from a deep green in color to a dark red and almost brownish black as they age. The poblano chiles you see in the grocery store are picked when they are still green. Ancho chiles are poblano chiles that are allowed to ripen to a deep red before they are picked and dried. Mulato chiles are also dried poblano chiles, but they are not harvested until they are fully ripened to the dark brownish black color.


Mole and the "Holy Trinity"

The Dried Ancho Chile is a key chile in the famous "holy trinity" of Mexican chiles used in Mexican mole (pronounced MOH-leh), along with the Pasilla Negro and the Mulato chiles. Mole is the signature dish of the region's cuisine and in addition to the chiles, this spicy sauce also contains Canela (aka Ceylon cinnamon), nuts and Mexican chocolate (this is different than chocolate commonly found in the US, and is made from ground roasted cacao nibs, cinnamon and sugar) and is typically served over chicken.

Not All Ancho Chiles Are the Same

Depending on the region, different chiles may be marketed as Ancho Chiles when they are not. In California, Ancho chiles are often incorrectly mixed with or substituted with the Pasilla de Negro chile - which don't look, let alone taste, anything like Ancho chiles. Pasilla chiles are long and thin and have a very different flavor profile. Mulato chiles are also sometimes sold as Ancho Chiles.


How to Use

Ground Organic Ancho Chile Powder can be used in spice rubs, to add intensity to adobados (meat marinated or seasoned with an adobo is referred to as adobado), beans, beef, casseroles, chicken, dips, pasta, pizza, popcorn, pork, red chili, rice, salsa, sauces (especially for enchiladas), soups and stews.

For a sweet heat treat mix Organic Ancho Powder with some fresh honey to create an ancho-honey glaze that can be brushed onto salmon before sautéeing.

Some of our favorite recipes using Ancho Chiles are Cinnamon and Ancho Chile Bark, Black Beans and Mexican Chorizo, and Pozole Rojo.


Flavor and Heat Profile

Organic Ancho Chile Powder has a mild fruity, sweet, slightly smoky flavor with undertones of plum, raisin, tobacco and a slightly earthy bitterness.

Considered a mild to medium heat chile (2,500-3,500 on the Scoville Heat Scale).

Helpful Hints

Ancho chile pepper conversions: 1 heaping tablespoon of ancho powder (weighs approximately 1/4 oz) = 1 whole Ancho Chile.  

If you are looking for an ancho chile powder substitute go with Guajillo or Pasilla Negro chile powder.

** This product is certified kosher.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.2g1%

Dietary Fiber0.8g3%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.7 out of 5
18 total ratings.

Larry E. (Verified buyer) 01/09/2022
Has a deep robust flavor. Has a deep robust flavor. Use primarily mixed with other peppers.

Christine M. (Verified buyer) 12/08/2021
Absolutely love Spice Inc. Absolutely love Spice Inc.

Linn G. (Verified buyer) 10/30/2021
Great spice for chili! Great spice for chili!

Jonathan W. (Verified buyer) 10/17/2021
Delicious Delicious

Bernie M. (Verified buyer) 03/08/2021
I use it to make I use it to make chili seasoning. Great

Linda C. (Verified buyer) 10/10/2020
Organic Ancho Chii Powder This is absolutely the best ever Ancho chili powder, simply the best.

Stephen W. (Verified buyer) 09/24/2020
Great spice source I love this chili! I use it as a base for a hot sauce. The company is great and usually ships quickly (even with Postal slowing). The website is very easy to navigate. I also get “trial packages” as a gift. The Honey Chipotle rub works great for chicken tacos.

Rex S. (Verified buyer) 09/09/2020
Good stuff Quality and flavor was excellent!

Elizabeth W. (Verified buyer) 08/31/2020
I ordered 1lb each of I ordered 1lb each of the ingredients for my custom spice blend. The spices shipped out quickly and arrived on schedule. The quality and flavor of the spices are excellent!

Robert B. (Verified buyer) 08/02/2020
Loved it! Loved it!
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